THERE IS palpable public fury across Britain this morning after images purporting to show the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, cheating on his wife, appeared in The Sun newspaper.
According to the newspaper, the images appearing to show the Health Secretary embracing top aide Gina Coladangelo, were taken inside the Department of Health last month.
Ms Coladangelo had initially been hired as an unpaid volunteer, but was then given the top position, which pays a salary of £15,000 a year for between 15 to 30 days work per year.
According to The BBC, a friend of Mr Hancock said "no rules have been broken" and he would not "comment on personal matters", while a Department of Health spokesman said "This appointment was made in the usual way and followed correct procedure".
Aside from the potential corruption, the public are furious that the Health Secretary had urged people not to see their loved ones, to stay apart from everyone including their family in order to slow the spread of Covid-19, but at the same time was allegedly beginning an affair.
Former Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan, who is half Irish, shared an image of the front page of The Sun and wrote simply: "At the time he was ordering the British people not to hug anyone from other households..."
At the time he was ordering the British people not to hug anyone from other households… 👇 pic.twitter.com/DBM6qmZCsB
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 25, 2021
Nigel Farage, the former politician best-known for his role in convincing Britain to leave the European Union, ranted that he had "wanted to go to my daughter's school prize-giving next week but can only do so online.
"Yet thousands of Football Officials can come to the UK without quarantine and Matt Hancock can completely ignore social distancing rules. "I am sick of this."
Liberal Democrats leader Ed Davey called for Mr Hancock to reisng, "not because of his private life" but because "he is a terrible Health Secretary" adding "he has utterly failed".
The reason Matt Hancock should resign is that he is a terrible Health Secretary, not because of his private life. From the PPE scandal, the crisis in our care service and the unbelievably poor test and trace system, he has utterly failed.
— Ed Davey MP 🔶 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 (@EdwardJDavey) June 25, 2021
Others referenced Mr Hancock's comments in May 2020 after it was found that a Government scientist, Neil Ferguson, had broken lockdown rules to meet the woman he was having an affair with.
At the time, the Health Secretary said Ferguson's actions had left him "speechless" and "he took the right decision to resign".
The image obtained by The Sun purports to show the Health Secretary and Ms Coladangelo on 6 May, when rules against meeting anyone not in your bubble and keeping back from people at work were still in place.
Matt Hancock has been married to his wife, Martha Hancock, for 15 years; the pair have three children together.
Mr Hancock has been friends with Ms Coladengelo since they were in University together; she is the marketing and communications director at Oliver Bonas, a retailer founded by her husband.